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Ati & nVidia Folding...at the same time?

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retrogamer1990

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hey guys,
well I've been thinking about making a folding rig for a long time, becuase its something I could actually justify spending money on. :)
I've also been wanting to go i7.
anyways, the other day I came across this and thought, damn. thats a lot of PCI-E's. 5 9600 GSO's and my 4870x2 with an i7 920 would be amazing. <dance1>

so my question is, could I install 5 9600 GSO's (folding only) and my 4870x2 (gaming) in here?
would it work? and Is it worth it? what kind of PPD would I get with 5 GSO's?! :o

If it came to it i could always sell my x2 and get a 295 or 285 I suppose.
thanks
Nick

Edited by retrogamer1990, 04 March 2009 - 04:35 PM.


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4870x2 is dual slot.

you cant have cards on air running that close to each other they will cook.


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For folding, a PCI-e x1 slot works just as well as an x16 slot, the only mod that would need doing is cutting a notch from the end of the x1 slot to allow the card to fit.

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For folding, a PCI-e x1 slot works just as well as an x16 slot, the only mod that would need doing is cutting a notch from the end of the x1 slot to allow the card to fit.



Wrong you need 4x for full speed.


Hi Tom,

Running 2 8600s for Folding will be fine. To Fold with 2 cards SLi would need to be disabled anyways.

The card will fold at full speed so long as the slot has 4 lanes so yours will be fine :)

Ian.


Edited by tinytomlogan, 04 March 2009 - 05:17 PM.



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A lot of testing was done by members of overclock.net, and it was concluded that there is absolutely no performance difference between PCI-e x1 and x16 when used solely for Folding@home.

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thats not the question!!!!!!
sorry to shoot you down though :P

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Multiple graphical drivers can be installed on XP or windows 7, but Vista won't allow it.

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nice one, thanks....yet another why XP>vista


P.S....major update to my atari PC!

Edited by retrogamer1990, 04 March 2009 - 08:26 PM.


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I've seen this question asked on the Folding.org forum and as far as I remember, using an ATi driver and an nVidia driver at the same time will not work. I thinks a couple of guy's did manage it but they basically had to rewrite a load of the software.

Best bet is to tun the 9600 GSOs in a decicated headless folding rig and save the HD4870 X2 for gaming. The nVidia cards give much better Folding performance per watt.

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thanks, I was afraid of that :(
well, I will save up to help fight cancer I suppose!

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prepare to cash 1000+

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hmm, well parhaps a K9A2 and 4 GSO's, with everthing else (bar the PSU) ultra budget.




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